Dr. Lee selected for Valley Leadership Class 34

Program to debut innovative partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management

Phoenix, AZ – Today Valley Leadership announced the fifty members of Leadership Institute Class 34 and a new, innovate partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“Valley Leadership welcomes these outstanding leaders from across the Valley into Class 34,” said Mike Crusa, Valley Leadership Board Chair. “These leaders, selected from a record-number of applicants, represent the best and brightest leaders in the Valley. We have high expectations of these exception individuals that make up Class 34.”

The fifty community leaders participating in Leadership Institute Class 34 were selected through a competitive process and represent diverse professions and backgrounds. Over the next ten months, they will receive an in- depth education on the issue facing our community ranging from education to the state’s economy. They will also gain access to Valley Leadership’s broad network of personal and professional relationships.

New this year, participants will receive extensive executive leadership training developed specially for Valley Leadership by the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The training, created by Leadership Institute program Chair Dave Bolman and Thunderbird Senior Vice President for Executive Education Dennis Baltzley, is designed to help graduates function at the highest level of their chosen career path be it business, non-profit, or government. Interim President of Thunderbird School of Global Management, Ambassador Barbara Barrett, is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class I and has been instrumental in fostering this new partnership

“We are confident our new partnership with Thunderbird, when combined with our existing training, will provide even more opportunities for these leaders to make a positive impact on our community.” said Crusa.

The members of Class 34 are:

  • Cynthia Aguilar, City of Phoenix
  • Dan Alexander, ATMI, Inc.
  • Spencer Anderson, West Valley National Bank
  • Israel Barajas, Helios Education Foundation
  • Leslie Barakat, Cigna Medical Group
  • Matt Beckler, Apollo Group
  • Brian Bogert, Lockton Companies
  • Ashley Bunch, City of Phoenix
  • Sandra Cardenas, Radio Campesina & Cesar Chavez Foundation
  • Christine Dotts, Intel Corporation
  • John Felty, SRP
  • Lisette Flores, City of Phoenix
  • Michael Fronske, Maricopa Integrated Health System
  • Thea Garcia, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • Iain Hamp, Wells Fargo
  • Scott Harkey, Owens Harkey Advertising
  • Susie Ingold, Burch & Cracchiolo, PA
  • Bill Kavan, ASU Foundation
  • Lauren Keeler, Apollo Group
  • Mark Kendall, SCF Arizona
  • Dana Kennedy, Danamite Media Consulting
  • Molly Kimball, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Suzanne Kinney, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Curt Krizan, The Fiesta Bowl
  • Tara La Bouff, Taratory Marketing LLC
  • Tony Lee, National Association of Asian American Professionals Phoenix Chapter
  • Mike Mason, Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
  • Damien Meyer, Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis, PLLC
  • Juan Moran, DHS-USCIS
  • Susan Mulligan, AAA Arizona
  • Liz Navran, Arizona House of Representatives
  • Christina Noble, Contour Architecture
  • Megan O’Connor, The Welcome to America Project
  • Angela Ortiz, City Of Phoenix Police Department
  • Eshe Pickett, Intel Corporation
  • Frieda Pollack, Rodel Foundation of Arizona
  • Meagan Pollnow, Asimou & Associates, PLC
  • Kristin Priscella, Arizona Science Center 
  • Sarah Purcell, Teach For America
  • Starlee Rhoades, Goldwater Institute
  • Richard Ross, Edward Jones
  • Jennifer Sanchez, Urias Communications, LLC
  • Lisa Scarpinato, Kitchen on the Street
  • Amy Schwabenlender, Valley of the Sun United Way
  • Alma Chavez Strasser, ASU Foundation / College of Public Programs

For more information about Valley Leadership, contact Christy Moore at christy@valleyleadership.org, or visit the Valley Leadership website at www.valleyleadership.org.

About Valley Leadership

Since 1978, Valley Leadership has brought leadership development programs to men, women, and youth to enhance the ability of leaders to serve and strengthen the Valley community. Valley Leadership strives to provide people of diverse perspectives and backgrounds from both the public and private sectors with opportunities to connect, learn and lead. Valley Leadership fosters dialogue, promotes greater understanding of community issues and brings together people of varying ages, gender, economic status and professional backgrounds. To learn more or get involved, visit www.valleyleadership.org.

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird is the world’s No. 1-ranked school of international business, with more than 65 years of experience in equipping global leaders with the business skills and global mindset necessary to create sustainable prosperity worldwide. For more about Thunderbird, visit http://www.thunderbird.edu.